Univ of Calif President Names Panel To Investigate Pepper-Spraying

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University of California President Mark G. Yudof on Monday appointed the members of a task force to investigate the UC Davis Police Department's use of pepper spray on student demonstrators Nov. 18.

The task force, headed by former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, will begin its work after the Kroll Consulting firm completes its investigation by early January, a statement from Yudof said.

"The task force will review the findings and, based on available information, assign responsibility for the events of Nov. 18," the statement said.

It also says the task force is expected to make recommendations to Yudof and University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi on improving police procedures, command protocols, campus policies and oversight structures.

The pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters sitting on a walkway by campus police drew nationwide attention after video of the incident was posted on the Internet.

"My intent in forming this task force is to allow the UC Davis community to take a fair and uncompromising look at what happened on Nov. 18," Yudof's statement says.

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